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Should I replace my kitchen GFCI outlet with an AFCI/GFCI combination outlet?

I am in the process of buying a new GFCI outlet for the kitchen. Should I also get one with AFCI included- or is it necessary? My condo was built in 1990 and I am updating the color of the outlets. Note that I live in Florida and we get frequent lightning storms here. See my choices below.

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  • Jeff D
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    1 year ago
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    If it's not required by your local code, then I wouldn't bother. If it is required or you want to do it regardless, then I'd get a AFCI/GFCI breaker which will protect all the wiring and outlets on the circuit (not just a single outlet and any downstream wiring & outlets).

    An AFCI/GFCI outlet or breaker won't do much in the way of lightning protection. If that's a concern, then you should get a surge protector for your main panel (which might be something you'd want an electrician to install).

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  • 1 year ago

    The NEC requires all replacement outlets to conform to the current code, including AFCI and/or GFCI functions, as pertinent. Under the 2017 edition, all kitchen receptacles must have AFCI protection, unless a modified requirement has been adopted, or the installation qualifies for another exception. 406.4(D)(4).

    Source(s): NFPA 70 (2017) articles 406.4, 210.12.
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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Not only would I not bother, I would not do it, the benefit of arc fault in the kitchen is so minimal it doesn't justify cost or failure rate.

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